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UPDATED: Significant reforms to UK insolvency Law: Corporate Governance and Insolvency Act 2020

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UPDATED 29 September 2020 The government has announced further assistance to companies encountering financial difficulties as a result of COVID-19 by extending the restrictions on statutory demands and winding-up petitions until 31 December 2020. An...

Commercial landlord and tenant Update - September 2020

Chloe Benson
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With the recent government announcement extending some of the restrictions on rent recovery until 31 December 2020 and with many landlords still out of pocket from March and June, it is unsurprising that many landlord and tenant relationships are under...

Business Interruption Insurance update - is my business covered? Five key points

Jonathan Cole
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The High Court has recently held that a large number of businesses who hold business interruption insurance policies and who were forced to close as a result of the pandemic are entitled to compensation by their insurers.  Whilst this is an important...

The future of the office - Chris Barkley published in Property Investor News

Chris Barkley
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Chris Barkley  in our commercial property team writes for  Property Investor News about the future of the office, highlighting key themes you need to take into consideration including sustainability, gamification, flexibility and lifestyle. ...

Office space options in a post pandemic world - Chris Barkley published in The Influence Magazine

Chris Barkley
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Chris Barkley in our commercial property team writes about office space options for SMEs in a post pandemic world in the in the Chartered Institute of Public Relations’ members magazine, The Influence: "Companies have had no...

Commercial Break: What to consider when converting excess office space to resi - Chris Barkley published in Prime Resi

Chris Barkley
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Chris Barkley in our real estate team has been published in Prime Resi, the journal of luxury property. With permitted development rights in hot debate as the Government attempts to reform the planning system, Chris Barkley condenses the current position in...

Releasing retention: no change in sight - Kieran Fano published in CICES' Construction Law Review

Kieran Fano
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Kieran Fano in our specialist construction law team has been published in The Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors’ latest Construction Law Review. Published annually the review is a must read for those interested in the future of the...

What to consider if you are planning to rent or purchase railway - Tristan Wark writes for EG land

Tristan Wark
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Network Rail sold a commercial property portfolio for £1.46bn to Blackstone Group and Telereal Trillium (The Arch Company) in 2018. TfL’s property portfolio is 16 times the size of Hyde Park, and the mayor of London Sadiq Khan has set a...

Q&A: The expiry of the stay on possession proceedings - what happens next?

Chloe Benson
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During the COVID-19 pandemic almost all forms of possession proceedings and enforcement action have been stayed. This means that, for parties currently involved in such proceedings, they have no choice but to wait until the stay period is over before they...

Coronavirus: the Government's Future Fund scheme has provided £512.9 million in funding so far - is your company eligible?

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According to figures released this week by HM Treasury, a total of 816 applications have been made under the government’s Future Fund scheme which opened for applications on 20th May 2020. Under the Future Fund scheme, government funding is...

A guide to turnover rents and turnover leases

Tristan Wark
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Tristan Wark, senior associate in our real estate team, explained the fundamentals of turnover rents and turnover leases and provided top tips for retailers considering agreeing a turnover based rent in the July edition of CWB Magazine. Since...

EMI share options - perks and pitfalls

Jessica Nugent
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Enterprise Management Incentive (“EMI”) share option schemes have always been popular with employers and employees as a tax-efficient way for employees to share in the growth in value of the company for which they work.  They are becoming...

A guide to opening your restaurant, cafe or pub after the coronavirus lockdown, 4 July

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An earlier version of this article first appeared in the June edition of The Caterer  Whatever happens next will be very different, now is the time to precision plan your opening. Significant changes to lockdown restrictions for hospitality...

Gaming, Gamification and the Real Estate Sector - PropTech

Chris Barkley
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Chris Barkley's article first appeared in the June print edition of Property Investor News Hundreds of millions of people on the planet are now regularly playing online games with numbers set to increase exponentially. The UK is already starting...

Residential landlords - staying on top of the recent changes to residential property regulations

Chloe Benson
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The last three months have been challenging for residential property landlords, many of whom are juggling uncertain income with rapidly changing residential property regulations, most of which have been designed to protect residential tenants. This article...

Coronavirus: Force majeure checklist for business to business contracts governed by English law

Catherine Hayes
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Contractual performance is under the spotlight as the new coronavirus, known as COVID-19, sweeps across the globe. As a result many businesses are considering what happens if they or another business are unable to meet their contractual obligations. For...

Commercial tenants - collaborate and negotiate to protect yourself

Chloe Benson
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It has been a busy and stressful two weeks for everybody, especially for landlords and tenants.  On 20 March the government ordered all bars, cafes, restaurants, pubs and gyms to close.  The following Monday, on 23 March the government announced a...

Leases: Making the move from conflict to collaboration

Tristan Wark
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This article first appeared in Estates Gazette . The past decade has seen great efforts made across the property industry to streamline the commercial lease negotiating process. Some landlords, tenants and their respective solicitors have become less...

Directors' duties in troubled times - updated 2 April

Jessica Nugent
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When a company is solvent and business is good, the company and its directors owe fairly limited duties to creditors (save, of course, for contractual obligations).  Directors must act in the best interests of the company at all times and must promote...

Coronavirus - a summary of Government support for employers and businesses

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The UK Government has created a package of support to help employers and businesses. Our summary of the main elements is now available to download . Our summary was last updated on 25 March 2020....

Coronavirus - a checklist for business

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Many of us are already experiencing severe challenges and almost all of us are likely to do so in the coming days and weeks ahead due to the uncertainty created by the coronavirus (COVID-19).   So, what should you be doing now to be prudent and to...

Forfeiting a commercial property lease? Watch Chloe Benson's 3 minute video guide, real estate dispute resolution

Chloe Benson
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Chloe Benson in Goodman Derrick's Real Estate Dispute Resolution team focuses on three important points for landlords to think about before deciding on whether or not to forfeit a lease of commercial premises: 1. Practical considerations 2. Legal...

WeWork woes highlight need for rethink of leasing model, Dominic Whelan writes for Property Week

Dominic Whelan
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Dominic Whelan's article was first published in Property Week , on Thursday 7th November It seems impossible to discuss the flexible workspace market without mentioning WeWork. The international operator and London’s largest private occupier...

Construction - limits on liquidated damages provisions

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Commonly construction contracts include liquidated damages (“LDs”) provisions, which are fixed or determined sums agreed by the parties to a contract that are payable on breach of contract. In a construction context, they are generally payable by...

How much is a hotel worth?

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Jonathan Harris of boutique property advisory practice HarJoh provides some hard-won insight to answer this seemingly simple question. The start and end point is “Market Value”, as defined in the RICS Global Standards - “The Red...